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Preview: Sun will try to beat Liberty tonight to tie top-ranked Mystics in wins, edge toward No. 1 seed

If everything goes right in the Connecticut Sun’s (21-9) final four games of the WNBA regular season and/or the Washington Mystics stumble in their remaining games, the No. 1 seed could be Connecticut’s.

Connecticut Sun v Washington Mystics
The Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics are in a battle for top seeding entering the 2019 WNBA playoffs.
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s settled.

With a win on Thursday against the Dream in Atlanta, the Phoenix Mercury clinched the eighth seed in the 2019 WNBA Playoffs. But for the top eight teams in the league, there’s still some business to be settled — namely, playoff seeding.

The Washington Mystics (22-8) sit atop the WNBA standings but are just one game ahead of the Connecticut Sun (21-9). The Sun will need to win tonight to pull even with Washington’s 22 wins. But they will need the Mystics to lose one of their remaining games to become tied at 22-9 records. Good news for the Sun is that they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, having won two of the teams’ three matchups this season.

While the Sun have the best home record in the league (14-1), they haven’t been so great on the road (7-8), and they face the Liberty tonight in New York. Still, Connecticut has the edge if the team’s 4-0 season series record against the Liberty is to be believed. Even more, three of the Sun’s four wins over the Liberty were in blowout fashion of 15 points or more.

At this point, the only thing the Liberty have left to play for is pride, the opportunity to end another losing season on a high note and hope that a second consecutive losing season won’t blow up the team. But barring some unforeseen circumstance, Connecticut should get the five-game series sweep over New York and the 22-9 record.

Here’s how to watch:

When: Friday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Westchester County Center, Westchester, NY

How to watch: NBA TV, Fox Sports Go (New York), NESN+, TSN

Keys to the matchup: A battle of bigs between Jonquel Jones (Sun) and Tina Charles (Liberty) could be fun. But the real duel here is between speedy starting shooting guards Courtney Williams and Bria Hartley of Connecticut and New York, respectively. Williams, with a slight frame she navigates through impossible seams, probably has the edge. But Hartley more than matches her speed when it comes to getting out on the fast break for easy buckets. If Hartley has a big game, the Sun could find their plans in jeopardy.